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Declutter and chill

Ashleigh Went

Want to slow down and simplify?

Last year, two of the five most borrowed books from ACT Libraries were Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and Spark Joy: A Master Class on the Art of Organising and Tidying Up. Clearly, we have a ‘thing’ for decluttering.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration to purge the excess and get back to basics, here are three Netflix and podcast picks that fit the bill.


The latest offering from The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, this documentary focuses on living a life with less ‘stuff’ – and less stress. If you’ve ever contemplated living in a tiny house, selling all your belongings or resigning from the fast life, this is the flick for you.

You can also get your Minimalists fix by listening to their podcast, checking out their blog, or flicking through one of their books.


This story begins with a rickshaw driver living in the slums of Kolkata, India who according to a study is just as happy as the average American. From every moment thereon, the movie questions modern perceptions about happiness.

Happy takes you on a journey around the world, from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Nambia and examines ideas like communal living, meditation, and serving others. It’s a film that will leave you with a smile and a renewed appreciation for the simple things in life.


With five episodes devoted purely to the subject of decluttering, this is your go-to podcast for useful advice from some of the world’s most successful minimalists. Host Brooke McAlary and her guests dish their best tips on saying ‘no’, detoxing from technology, reducing sugar intake, incorporating play into everyday life, sleep, random acts of kindness and more.

In short, it’s the perfect refuge from our perpetual obsession with business and living life in the fast lane.

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Back to Basics for Autumn 2017, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here



Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author

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